Chinese Crocodile Lizard

Shinisaurus crocodilurus

Scientific Name

Chinese Crocodile Lizard:  
Shinisaurus crocodilurus

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Throughout parts of China and Vietnam.

Natural Habitat

Pools of shallow slow moving water covered by vines and vegetation.

Physical Characteristics

  • Varies in color greatly, but has two distinct enlarged ridges of scales running down to the ends of their tail.

Quick Facts

  1. Known to many as “lizard of great sleepiness” due to its lengthy and frequent “metabolic pauses.”


Amphibian and Reptile Center

Conservation Status

Visit the zoo for more details!

Help Us End Extinction

Adoption is simple. Show how much you care about animals all year round by selecting your favorite animal from our adoption list.



Primarily tadpoles, insects, and caterpillars. Individuals in human care may be fed baby mice.